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211 - Nautical Astronomy Mathematics

Course hours

  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48


This course consists of the theoretical and practical aspects of basic nautical astronomy required to calculate, plot and maintain position and course from any point on the surface of the earth, to any other point on the surface of the earth. Topics covered in this course include:

  • navigating in high latitudes
  • determining a ship’s position using:
    • celestial bodies
    • great circle sailing
    • parallel, plane and mercator sailing
  • theoretical math necessary to complete navigation problems
  • determining position and the accuracy of resultant position fix
  • solving PZX triangles to determine the direction of a position line
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